Artisans compete for SR300k award at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz

Updated 03 July 2018

Artisans compete for SR300k award at Saudi Arabia’s Souq Okaz

  • There are four female and male artisans participating in gypsum art, palm products, accessories, drawing and carving

JEDDAH: Artisans participating in the 12th edition of Souq Okaz are competing for an innovation award worth SR300,000 ($80,000), sponsored by the National Handicrafts program “Bari.”
The award is divided into these categories: Manufacturing of palm products, sadu (spinning and weaving of goat and sheep wool), manual carpeting, crochet and embroidery, manufacturing and carving of wood products, drawing or carving or hand-decorating any natural material and other innovative products.
Seventy-six men and women artisans from all over the Kingdom are participating in the competition, in addition to the participation of three countries — the UAE, Egypt and Oman — with 15 female and male artisans (five from each country). There are four female and male artisans participating in gypsum art, palm products, accessories, drawing and carving.
This is the second edition of Souk Okaz since King Salman gave the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) the responsibility of organizing the event in coordination with executive bodies in the Makkah region and Taif.


Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan receives Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 54 min 31 sec ago

Egyptian envoy meets Saudi foreign minister

  • The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan

RIYADH: Egyptian Ambassador Ahmed Farouk Mohammed Tawfik called on Saudi Foreign Minister  Prince Faisal bin Farhan in Riyadh on Monday. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways to enhance them. They also discussed issues of mutual interest.
The foreign minister also held a separate meeting with Mexican Ambassador-designate Anibal Toledo. He presented a copy of his credentials to Prince Faisal prior to submitting them to King Salman.
Sudanese Ambassador Abdulazim Al-Sadiq Al-Karoori called on Prince Faisal bin Farhan to bid him farewell. The foreign minister appreciated the outgoing envoy’s efforts in strengthening the ties between Saudi Arabia and Sudan.